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The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
~ Luke 4:18

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Welcome to the News & Events page

We welcome news stories from the parish for the News & Events page of the new website. Have you been to the pantomime, on a pilgrimage, or attended an inter-faith event? We want your photos and your stories! We can provide professional editing, so don't be shy if you don't consider yourself a "writer". Your story is valuable! Alternately, you may want to share your journey in faith to encourage others. Has your faith helped you overcome adversity, or revealed a new path in life? We'd love to hear about it! Thank you for sharing your stories. Please send your stories and photos to the Parish Office.

Pope Francis Laudato Si

“The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone.”

“Nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuous revelation of the divine (…) Every act of cruelty towards any creature is contrary to human dignity.”

“Nature is a constant source of wonder and awe. It is also a continuous revelation of the divine.”

“All creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God.”

“We can finally leave behind the modern myth of unlimited material progress.”

“All it takes is one good person to restore hope.”

“We can speak of the priority of being over that of being useful.”

“If we scan the regions of our planet, we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God’s expectations.”

“Greater attention must be given to the needs of the poor, the weak and the vulnerable, in a debate often dominated by more powerful interests. We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”

“We know that approximately a third of all food is discarded, and whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

“We cannot fail to consider the effects on people’s lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture.”

“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications – it represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

“I wish to address every person living on this planet. Humanity is called to recognise the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption.”

Pope Francis reminds us to celebrate the Season of Creation.

Upcoming Events

Oberammergau 2020
Start planning now for the trip of a lifetime! The Oberammeragau Passion play commemorating the village's salvation from the bubonic plague in 1634 is performed every ten years. There are places available on Pax Travel's coach trip from 16th-22nd September 2020. The cost is £1179 per person. Please email Bernadette Cawley on: or ring her on: 01274 826343 for a brochure.

Parish Garden Party/BBQ Saturday 7th September 2019
The Parish Garden Party will be held this year at St Aidan’s between 11.00am and 3.00pm. Please put the date in your diary now and make sure we have a good turn out to make it a great success. We will need lots of people to help. If you are able to volunteer please contact Kath Hartley (07749 210 231), Jeanette or Caroline (01274 714285) or Nick in the Parish Office. More details nearer the date.

Recent Events

Easter Flowers
Flower arrangement for Easter.

Some beautiful Eastertide flower arrangements from the two churches of the Parish.

Visit to one of Bradford's historic places of worship
Bradford Tree of Life Synagogue

Fr Keiron and parishioners were part of a group organised by the Bradford Interfaith Prayers for Peace invited by the congregation of the Bradford Tree of Life Synagogue to attend their Sabbath Morning Service on 23rd March. The Synagogue is a beautiful but often overlooked building on Bowland Street in Manningham. It has long played a leading role in building interfaith relations in the district, out of all proportion to the size of its membership.
Rabbi Douglas Charing of Leeds led the service and Rudi Leavor, the well known Cantor the singing. The words of the service in both Hebrew and English took us immediately into the religious origins of Jesus and of our own liturgy, in its prayers, use of the Psalms and readings from the Torah scrolls, the whole a reverent and moving expression of the abiding faith of our Jewish neighbours in the living and joyful presence of the Word of God in Scripture.

Our visitors stood round the reading Desk at the end of the service with its Hebrew words: “The Tree of Life” a reference to the life and joy to be found in hearing the words of God in the Torah. In October 2018, eleven worshippers were gunned down at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The formerly named ‘Bradford Synagogue ‘ decided to change its name to ‘The Tree if Life Bradford Synagogue’ in a linked memorial to those who died in America. With thanks to the Bradford Jewish Community and the Bradford Interfaith Prayers for Peace for what was a much appreciated experience and share in the life of our Jewish friends.

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Winter Shelter
Volunteers have fun in the kitchen.

Another successful Winter Shelter week came to end during the first week in March when we bid our guests goodbye for another year.
Each year our parish hosts a shelter for up to twelve homeless individuals in St Aidan's church hall. This is part of an interdenominational charity called Innchurches . Volunteers are involved in driving the minibus that collects the guests each evening, in cooking breakfasts, in providing delicious home cooked evening meals each day and in providing night support. Guests are also provided with games and entertainment, a visit from a GP and a complementary pedicure.

Parishioners who are unable to volunteer contribute through a collection and by praying for the success of the week. Our guests are on a journey back to a more regular life. While we and all the other churches offer them a home over the winter the Innchurches charity is sorting out their long terms needs, jobs, housing and help with other problems.
Guests and volunteers alike have enjoyed a wonderful uplifting week in which we have been able to demonstrate our love for our fellow man in Jesus' name.

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Children of the parish enjoy meeting the panto stars.

Around 90 parishioners, both young and old had a wonderful time at the parish trip to the panto. We all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with ice cream in the interval and lots of laughs. The panto was excellent with audience participation and plenty of songs to join in with. The altar servers really love this treat and are looking forward to next year already!

Parish Stories

Our Parish Stories section is a WIP and under construction. This section will be populated as and when contents become available.

News from the Catholic World

From the August 29 edition of the ICN:

"A young Jesuit volunteer working in the Philippines was killed on 23 August. Genifer Buckley, 24-years-old, originally from Zamboanga del Sur, was stabbed to death in the house where she lived with her companion. Another volunteer, lawyer Anne Kathleen Gatdula, 30, was injured but managed to escape after being chased, The two volunteers were serving at Pangantucan Community High School, Bukidnon, in a project of the Jesuit Volunteer Philippines movement (JVP).
Jesuit Father Jason Dy, Chaplain of the JVP said the killing was 'was an execrable act, which we condemn: we ask for justice, while we pray for her and her family'"

Russell Pollitt SJ on Sept. 13 wrote in the ICN:

"I have had the privilege of observing Pope Francis up close on two apostolic voyages this year. In March he travelled to Morocco and, this past week, he visited Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius - I was present in Port Louis for his eight-hour visit to the Island.
I was struck, once again, by how easily Pope Francis relates to people. The excitement of the crowd and their joy at seeing him was palpable. Many of the people I spoke to in Mauritius explained how they felt Francis understands the struggles of real life. As one said, "He talks about things that matter to us." It is estimated around 200,000 people were present for the Pope's short visit to the Indian Ocean island. The day before, one million people gathered for Mass with him in Madagascar.
Ordinary folk, the poor, downcast and marginalised, have a sixth sense: they know they are close to Francis' heart. He articulates their struggles in a way that the world knows what they are going through. He articulates them in a way that the poor are given assurance that they have someone on their side.
But his advocacy for the poor has angered the comfortable. Francis recognises that systemic change in our societal structures, economic systems and church is necessary. Some status-conscious privileged Catholics don't like this".

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